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How is this a Canadian Film?


Lately the nominations for Canada's entry's at the Oscars are a little too politically correct....Didn't any Canadians make any films for selection??
Just saying...Water caused the same confusion at the Oscars audience previously...

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define canadian.

last time i checked this movie was directed by a canadian director and/or producer.

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Yup, this is a Canadian film that was shot in Congo. It was directed, written and produced by Canadians, and most of the dialogue is in French.

The rules for the Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film award, state that only non-English films are eligible (a small percentage of the dialogue may be in English). That's why historically Canadian submissions for this category are from Quebec or the Territories (Incendies, Monsieur Lazhar, CRAZY, Invasions barbares, Atanarjuat, etc).

It's also why "Water" was selected in 2006 to represent Canada instead of "Away From Her".

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So by your logic is Inglorious Basterds a German film?

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I can't tell if you're replying to my post or to the OP, or perhaps you didn't understand the logic of my post. The shooting location of a film does not dictate its nationality. A Canadian film is still a Canadian film... even if it was shot on another continent (and even if the dialogue is in a different language).

Inglourious Basterds is an American-German co-production. Even though it was written and directed by an American (Tarantino), it was produced by both American (Universal, Weinstein Company) and German (Zehnte Babelsberg) production companies.

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Sorry I gave a bad example. The point being that a film is classified by its filmmakers, not by its filming location or subject matter. A good example would have been Slumdog Millionaire. How it wasn't a Hindi film despite being about Indians, and set in India.

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I see your point, but you need to remember that what dictates whether a film is American, German or Indian is based solely on the production companies involved. When you're browsing a film on IMDb, there's a link called "Company credits" where you'll see the list of production companies.

In the case of Slumdog Millionaire, all 3 production companies are based in England. Just because Slumdog was filmed entirely in India, features an Indian cast, and is based on an Indian novel doesn't change the fact that it's still classified as a UK film. If they had decided to shoot the film in Bangladesh instead, it wouldn't change anything.

A country can't "take credit" for a film just because it was used as a shooting location. (There are countless American films shot in Canadian cities such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver because it's cheaper than filming in the USA.)

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That's what I meant when I said "film makers."

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